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  WTA May 17-23: Strasbourg & Nuremberg                               • entries: French Open - Nottingham & 's-Hertogenbosch - Birmingham         • 2015 WTA Sched

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Internationaux de Strasbourg, FRA
INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
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draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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Strasbourg: weather radar
n17 M Keys, n20 J Jankovic
n27 S Stosur, n28 A Cornet

Nürnberger Versicherungscup GER
INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores
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Nurnberg: radar
n9 A Petkovic, n11 A Kerber
n22 S Lisicki, n44 R Vinci
 
Strasbourg:

#27 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH
Strasbourg:

#53 Kristina Mladenovic
6' 1" 160lb RH 2H-BH
   
tennis.quickfound.net tourney page: Strasbourg & Nuremberg with 14 choice photos, 9 quotes...

    On Friday in France, in the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, the 2013 champ at Osaka and Carlsbad (and the 2011 US Open champion), 31 year old 3rd seeded late entry wild card #27 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated a 2013 Australian Open semifinalist, 22 year old #40 (career high: #12) Sloane Stephens from Coral Springs, Florida, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 (Samantha is shown during her quarterfinal victory on Thursday).

    Samantha said: "I'm glad I played very well. It was a good match from me, it was pretty tough conditions out there most of the match because of the wind, but I handled that quite well. I made a couple of mistakes on my service game for [Sloane] to break back, and she's a good player, so it doesn't take much to let her back into the match. She made some big shots and kept doing what she was doing and maybe I fell off a little bit. But I was able to regroup very quickly to start off the third set well, and I kept going so it was a good response from me." WTA story

    Also on Friday at Strasbourg, 22 year old #53 (career high: #37) Kristina Mladenovic of France (residence: Saint Pol sur Mer, SUI), defeated 32 year old wild card #238 (career high: #16) Virginie Razzano from Nimes, France, 6-3, 1-2 retired when Virginie could not continue due to an abdominal injury (Kristina is shown during her 2nd round win on Wednesday).

    Samantha will play Kristina in the Strasbourg final on Saturday.

    Samantha leads Kristina 2-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was in 2014 on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 2nd round at Hobart, when Samantha defeated Kristina 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7).

    Samantha is 6-14 in previous WTA singles finals, and has a 12-12 singles match record this season. Kristina is playing in her first WTA singles final (she has one $125K ITF title). Her singles match record in 2015 is 19-14.

    On Saturday at Nuremberg, Germany, in the final of the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, the 2013 Katowice and Palermo champion, 32 year old 4th seeded #44 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, will play her compatriot, the 2014 champion at Tashkent, 27 year old 6th seeded #51 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy.

    Karin leads Roberta 3-2 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 2nd round at Marrakech, when Karin defeated Roberta 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-2.

    Roberta is 9-3 in previous WTA singles finals, and has a 12-10 singles match record this year. Karin is 1-1 in previous WTA singles finals. Her 2015 singles match record is 11-11.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Strasbourg & Nuremberg

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Strasbourg, SFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n40 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n238 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 1-2
    retired—abdominal injury
Strasbourg, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS v n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA m2 3pm+
Strasbourg, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Chia-Jung Chuang & Chen Liang v s2 Nadiia Kichenok & Saisai Zheng m1 1230pm

Strasbourg, Withdrawals
n25 Shuai Peng CHN right shoulder injury
n42 Casey Dellacqua AUS right foot injury
n48 Kaia Kanepi EST gastrointestinal illness
n49 Johanna Larsson SWE right elbow injury
n52 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS right shoulder injury
n55 Daniela Hantuchova SVK right elbow injury
n62 Julia Goerges GER
Nuremberg, SFs, Fri 130pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
*n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA d n11 s2 Angelique Kerber GER
    walkover—back injury
n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n100 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-0, 6-2
Nuremberg, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA v n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA m2 2pm+
Nuremberg, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s2 Hao-Ching Chan & Anabel Medina Garrigues
    v s4 Lara Arruabarrena & Raluca Olaru m1 1130am

Nuremberg, Withdrawals
n70 Kirsten Flipkens BEL right thigh injury
n72 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU right wrist injury
n78 Daria Gavrilova RUS
n86 Marina Erakovic NZL left foot injury

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam
Prize$: €12,864,000 (women's total)
128 players - outdoor: red clay
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Paris: radar - forecast - Paris news
n1 S Williams, n2 M Sharapova
n3 S Halep, n4 P Kvitova

    The 2015 French Open main draw was held on Friday, May 22 at 11:30am. The links are above, and the matchups are below.

    Main draw play at Roland Garros will begin on Sunday, May 24. The French Open Sunday start plan: 16 matches, half of the normal Monday schedule, are moved to Sunday, and 12 "Tuesday matches" are moved to Monday, leaving only 20 women's singles matches for Tuesday.

WTA SCOREBOARD: French Open at Roland Garros

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
French Open, 1st Round Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: €27,000; points: 10
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n191 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE top half of the draw
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS v n49 Kaia Kanepi EST bottom half
n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU v n91 Evgeniya Rodina RUS bottom
n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE v n82 Marina Erakovic NZL top
n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n48 Karin Knapp ITA top
n6 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN v n54 Kristina Mladenovic FRA top
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB v n65 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ bottom
n8 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n69 Monica Niculescu ROU bottom
n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n114 wc Lousia Chirico USA bottom
n10 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER v n80 Shelby Rogers USA top
n11 s11 Angelique Kerber GER v n83 Timea Babos HUN bottom
n12 s12 Karolina Pliskova CZE v n126 Shuai Zhang CHN top
n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE v n38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS bottom
n14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n81 Annika Beck GER bottom
n15 s15 Venus Williams USA v n41 Sloane Stephens USA top
n16 s16 Madison Keys USA v n34 Varvara Lepchenko USA top
n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA v n46 Alison Riske USA top
n18 s18 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v n90 Kiki Bertens NED top
n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR v n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL bottom
n20 s20 Sabine Lisicki GER v n57 Monica Puig PUR bottom
n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n155 q Petra Martic CRO bottom
n22 s22 Barbora Strycova CZE v n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL top
n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI v n98 Lara Arruabarrena ESP top
n24 s24 Shuai Peng CHN v n76 Polona Hercog SLO bottom
n25 s25 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n104 q Sesil Karatantcheva BUL top
n26 s26 Samantha Stosur AUS v n36 Madison Brengle USA bottom
n27 s27 Victoria Azarenka BLR v n132 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP top
n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA v n100 Magda Linette POL bottom
n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA v n42 Roberta Vinci ITA bottom
n30 s30 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU v n164 sr52 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA top
n31 s31 Caroline Garcia FRA v n165 Donna Vekic CRO bottom
n32 s32 Zarina Diyas KAZ v n138 q Dinah Pfizenmayer GER top
n33 CoCo Vandeweghe USA v n68 Julia Goerges GER top
n35 Belinda Bencic SUI v n59 Daniela Hantuchova SVK top
n37 Camila Giorgi ITA v n75 Tatjana Maria GER bottom
n39 Mona Barthel GER v n162 q Paula Kania POL bottom
n43 Heather Watson GBR v n224 wc Mathilde Johansson FRA top
n44 Casey Dellacqua AUS v n63 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO bottom
n45 Daria Gavrilova RUS v n53 Johanna Larsson SWE bottom
n50 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU v n97 Nicole Gibbs USA bottom
n51 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK v n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL top
n52 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS v n261 wc Amandine Hesse FRA bottom
n55 Christina Mchale USA v n113 q Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP top
n56 Kurumi Nara JPN v n138 wc Oceane Dodin FRA bottom
n58 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK v n196 q Olivia Rogowska AUS bottom
n60 Bojana Jovanovski SRB v n67 Lesia Tsurenko UKR bottom
n61 Carina Witthoeft GER v n72 Katerina Siniakova CZE top
n62 Lucie Hradecka CZE v n66 Saisai Zheng CHN top
n64 Lauren Davis USA v n70 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO bottom
n71 Tereza Smitkova CZE v n130 Taylor Townsend USA top
n73 Kirsten Flipkens BEL v n95 Elena Vesnina RUS bottom
n74 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP v n94 Pauline Parmentier FRA top
n77 q Teliana Pereira BRA v n326 wc Fiona Ferro FRA bottom
n78 Klara Koukalova CZE v n87 Danka Kovinic MNE top
n84 Irina Falconi USA v n275 wc Manon Arcangioli FRA top
n85 Aleksandra Krunic SRB v n105 Yulia Putintseva KAZ bottom
n86 Denisa Allertova CZE v n144 q Johanna Konta GBR top
n89 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS v n96 Stefanie Voegele SUI bottom
n92 Francesca Schiavone ITA v n106 Qiang Wang CHN top
n93 Ana Konjuh CRO v n117 q Margarita Gasparyan RUS top
n99 Andreea Mitu ROU v n285 wc Alize Lim FRA top
n103 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER v n184 q Alexa Glatch USA top
n112 Misaki Doi JPN v n147 Petra Cetkovska CZE bottom
n174 q Veronica Cepede Royg PAR v n251 wc Virginie Razzano FRA bottom
French Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: €50,000; points: 70
French Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat 11am
loser's prize: €85,000; points: 130
French Open, 4th Rd Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: €145,000; points: 240
French Open, QFs, Tue-Wed 2pm
loser's prize: €250,000; points: 430
French Open, SFs, Thu 3pm
loser's prize: €450,000; points: 780
French Open, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: €900,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: €1,800,000; pts: 2000
French Open, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: €225,000
winners' prize: €450,000

French Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Thu
losers' prize: €57,000
winners' prize: €114,000

French Open, Girls Singles Final, Sat

French Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat

French Open, Qualifying Finals Fri May 22 10am
Q-1st losers: €3,000; 2 points     Q-2nd losers: €6,000; 20 points
    Q-Final losers: €12,000; 30 points;     qualifier: 40 points

n77 Teliana Pereira BRA d n205 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
n104 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL d n195 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-3
n113 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n119 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-2
n117 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n141 Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4
n138 Dinah Pfizenmayer GER d n1100 Vera Dushevina RUS 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
*n184 Alexa Glatch USA d n139 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
n144 Johanna Konta GBR d n315 Clothilde de Bernardi FRA 6-2, 6-1
*n174 Veronica Cepede Royg PAR d n145 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-3
n155 Petra Martic CRO d n185 Tereza Mrdeza CRO 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
n162 Paula Kania POL d n381 Jessica Pegula USA 7-5, 6-2
*n191 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n166 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-3
*n196 Olivia Rogowska AUS d n167 Beatriz Haddad Maia BRA 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

French Open, Withdrawals & Non-entries
n101 Kateryna Kozlova UKR
nNR sr58 Laura Robson GBR

  WTA May 11-17: Rome

Rome:

#12 Carla Suarez Navarro
5' 4" 137lb RH 1H-BH
Rome:

#3 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup Rome, ITA  PREMIER 5 $2,513,000 outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!:news | WTA

    On Sunday at Rome, in the final of the Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup (aka the Italian Open), the 2012 & 2011 Rome champ (and 2015 champion at Brisbane), 28 year old 3rd seeded #3 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2015 finalist at Miami (and the 2014 Oeiras champ), 26 year old 10th seeded #12 (career-high: #10) Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona, Spain, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 (Carla is shown during the match; Maria is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Maria's prize is €400,250 (about $455,512 US); Carla's prize is €199,750 (about $227,329 US).

    Carla broke Maria's serve in the first game of the 3rd set, but Maria then won six straight games to finish out the match.

    Maria said: "It wasn't easy to find a rhythm out there, with the way [Carla] plays, and the wind. I really had to adjust. But I'm proud I was able to stay in there. I never felt I was playing very clean until the end of the third set. So it shows that it's good to hang in there, and just stay positive out there. In the end I was the fresher one, and the more aggressive one, so it's all a positive. And looking at how I started the clay court season in Stuttgart and where I am now, I feel I'm in a much better spot." WTA story

    Carla said: "I'm playing some good tennis right now. Maria was just too good today. It was a really close match, and I started really well, but at the end of the second set she started playing more aggressive, and I think that was the key."

    Maria now leads Carla 4-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in January of this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Brisbane, when Maria defeated Carla 6-1, 6-3.

    Maria is now 35-23 in WTA singles finals, and has a 26-5 match record this season.

    Carla is now 1-8 in WTA singles finals, and has a 31-10 match record for the year.

  WTA May 2-10: Madrid

Madrid:

#27 Svetlana Kuznetsova
5' 8½" 161lb RH 2H-BH
Madrid:

#4 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

Madrid Open ESP PREMIER M €4,185,405 64m/32q/28d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

    On Saturday in Spain, in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, the 2011 Madrid champ (and 2015 champion at Sydney), 25 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2009 French Open (and 2004 US Open) champion, 29 year old #27 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-1, 6-2 (Svetlana is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward). Petra's prize is €799,450 (about $904,004 US); Svetlana's prize is €392,000 (about $443,267 US).

  WTA Apr 27-May 2: Prague & Marrakech

Marrakech:

#27 Elina Svitolina
5' 9" 137lb RH 2H-BH
Prague:

#12 Karolina Pliskova
6'1" 159lb RH 2H-BH

J&T Banka Prague Open Prague, CZE INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores - Prague weather radar | draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP

GP SAR La Princesse LM Marrakech, MAR INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP

    On Saturday at Prague, Czech Republic, in the final of the J&T Banka Prague Open, the 2014 champion at Linz and Seoul, 23 year old top seeded #12 (career high: #12) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, defeated her compatriot, the 2009 Strasbourg finalist, 29 year old qualifier #73 (career high: #48) Lucie Hradecka from Prague, Czech Republic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 (Karolina is shown holding the hardware after the match). Karolina's prize is $43,000; Lucie's prize is $21,400.

    At Marrakech, Morocco, on Saturday, in the final of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, the 2014 (and 2013) Baku champion, 20 year old 4th seeded #27 (career high #26) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine, defeated the 2012 champ at Monterrey, 21 year old #88 (career high: #59) Timea Babos from Sopron, Hungary, 7-5, 7-6(3) (Elina is also shown holding the hardware after the match). Elina's prize is $43,000; Timea's prize is $21,400.

  WTA Apr 18-19 2015 Fed Cup SFs

    Czech Republic will host Russia for the Fed Cup final, November 14-15. The Czechs won the Fed Cup three of the last four years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    In her first column, the San Diego Union's new Women's Sports Editor Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly, retired as the world's greatest lady tennis star at a ripe old 21, showed that sports punditry is as easy for her as smashing a tennis ball down an opponents throat.
    Lamented Little Mo in great pontifical style: "[On] the American scene today ... we're reducing sports to a cluster of numbers on a board ... We ... are expecting our champions to be stadium automatons, the human equivalents of the balls in a super pinball machine ... We're watching for the numbers to light up and forgetting the play."

TIME articles:
    Maureen Connolly's 1st US Open & Wimbledon titles

Book Excerpt:
    The Courts of Babylon: Dawn of the Pro Tennis Tours
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WTA Top 20 Rankings 1989-2010

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Lawn Tennis 1873-1938

Pictorial History of Tennis 16-page .pdf

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club site still has some good Wimbledon history pages.

The USOpen.org History has stats and year-by-year finals descriptions since 1968 (but nothing about the Forest Hills and Newport Casino US Nationals before the "Open era").

  Free Online Tennis Books:

Lawn Tennis 1908 with a chapter by Blanche Bingley Hillyard
Lawn Tennis for Ladies 1910 by Dorothea K. D. Lambert Chambers
Tennis for Women 1916 by Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Lawn Tennis for Girls 1920 by Suzanne Lenglen
Lawn Tennis 1886 by James Dwight
Game of Lawn Tennis 1888 by "Cavendish" of The Field

  Tennis Website Search:

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    Apologies for the typographical errors on this page occasionally. These cut-and-paste errors result when faulty brain wiring impairs one person trying to keep up a large website. I try to keep errors to a minimum, but some always creep in.

  News Briefs:

    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

click for SI-SE Daniela
Daniela Hantuchova
click for SI-SE Tatiana
Tatiana Golovin
click for SI-SE Maria
Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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